Putney MountainWinery of Vermont-Simply Cranberry
Red Wine of the Month
This Review was written by Nicole Montrose of Vine to Wine.
We are entering the season of family gatherings, rich food, and good wine. But what do you do if wine made from grapes makes you itchy? Yep, there are people out there that cannot drink wine from grapes because of negative physical reactions. However, there is no need to mourn for us, because there are options! A perfect non-grape selection for Thanksgiving is the Simply Cranberry wine from Putney Mountain Winery.
I love cranberries. I love them as a sauce, in bake goods, and as a healthy, crunchy snack. Simply Cranberry brings all the good things I love to their wine. It has a sweet start and a tart bite that lingers. If cranberry sauce fits into your Thanksgiving dinner, then this will fit as well.
An added bonus is that this translates well into dessert. I paired Simply cranberry with the cranberry walnut cluster from Concetta's Chocolates. The dried cranberries were brought back to life with the flavor from the wine. The chocolate rounds-off the bitter bite at the end of each sip making the wine smoother. To top it off, the walnut cuts the overall sweetness, making these the perfect pair for each other.
H.&C. Nittnaus 2019 White Blend
White Wine of the Month
It’s not often I write a review for an Austrian wine, but I just love this one. It reminds me of a summer day with notes of sun-warmed peach on the nose. That note of peach comes forth on the palate with taste of concentrated peach and brimming of juice intermixed with lemon zest brightness. The lemon zest counters the sweetness and makes it incredibly appetizing. It has a medium sweet finish of this late-harvest style that continues to echo lemon and peach. This wine makes an excellent aperitif and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
*We had a miscommunication resulting in us not getting a good picture of the bottle.*
Vespertino Tequila Crema
Cocktail of the Month - The Irish Cactus
We are not a big tequila group, but Vespertino tequila crema will be part of our home bar for the rest of our days! This two part drink is a great way to familiarize yourself with this liquor.
1 part tequila crema
1 part Irish cream
Place ice in glass. Pour tequila and Irish cream over ice. Stir and enjoy!
Golden Glow Water
Nonalcoholic Beverage of the Month
This is the perfect drink for big feasts as it acts as a pallet cleanser. Having appetizers? Have a glass of this before sitting down to the main meal. Done with the feast? Cleanse your pallet before sitting down to enjoy those desserts. Added bonus: the colors are perfect for Thanksgiving!
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon molasses
juice of 1 lemon
sparkling water or kombucha for topping
In a glass jar, combine the water, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, honey, molasses, and lemon juice. Shake well to combine. Chill until ready to drink. Shake before serving. Add ice to 2 glasses, pour over the water and top with sparkling water. Drink. Garnish with citrus slices and fresh mint.